One of my biggest worries about going on the cruise this week (Ummm, I mean, ONLY worry. It is a cruise!) is about how to stay healthy when there will be so many unhealthy options in front of me.
The first obstacle to tackle will be the airport. We’ll be leaving home around 3pm this afternoon with our flight boarding around 6pm, and reaching New Orleans around midnight. This means that all supper-consumption will be done in the airport/on the plane (food will not be served by the airline). Because I’m extremely familiar with the small Rhode Island airport, I know that one of the only dinner options is Johnny Rockets. NOT the healthiest restaurant, unfortunately. I plan to order a Chicken Club Sandwich with no bacon, since that’s probably one of the healthier options on the menu. I know that the sandwich will be cut in half, so I’ll plan to eat half before the first flight, and the other half during our layover in North Carolina (Hi, all my friends from Elon!!!). To tide me over during the flight, I have trail mix and plenty of nuts to calm my rumbling tummy. I’m not aware of what the airport options for dinner will be on the way home since I’m not familiar with the New Orleans airport, but the plan is to find a healthy option that won’t leave me feeling bloated and guilty on the plane ride home (worst feeling ever!).
The biggest challenge of this vacation will be making healthy choices on the cruise boat. Having been on a cruise before, I remember all the delicious food offered and it scares the hell out of me. I’m not that great at using willpower. Obviously. But, because I firmly believe that it’s unfair to be strict with yourself on vacations, I don’t plan on becoming a food-Nazi with myself. I realize that I won’t be able to know all the ingredients in everything that goes into my mouth, and I’ll probably want to splurge on a few nice desserts and some alcoholic drinks. I’m okay with that. The key is not to go overboard, and to practice moderation. Bethenney Frankel’s book Naturally Thin is a really helpful resource for learning how to eat in moderation.
Brent and I found out that the cruise boat offers 24/7 pizza room service. This freaked us both out, so we both made a promise to each other that we weren’t going to indulge in that particular way. Personally, I think that greasy delivery pizza is a waste of calories, and if I was going to splurge, I would rather do it on something better. I made sure to pack
a butt-load of healthy non-perishable snacks for when I get hungry in the middle of the night when all the dining rooms are closed. I plan on stealing lots of fresh fruit from the cafeteria to hoard in my room and smother with peanut butter at night. I’m a little excited.
One of my goals for staying healthy on the cruise is to make sure that I get in plenty of vegetables every day. I’m also bringing my reusable water bottle, and I plan on drinking a lot of water each day. Physical activity will be a no-brainer since we have lots of walking planned, as well as a rainforest hike and some kayaking. Plus, I love to swim and there will be plenty of places for me to do that as exercise too. The ship also has a gym that Brent and I plan on taking advantage of as well. Besides avoiding midnight pizza deliveries, I also want to try and stay away from eating in the cafeteria. The cafeteria has a huge buffet with a million choices, but in the dining room it will be easier to control my portion size.
To summarize, here are my goals for staying healthy on the cruise:
- Find healthy meal options at the airport
- Drink lots of water.
- Exercise often (lots of swimming!)
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
- Stay away from buffet-style meals
- No ordering room-service pizza